About the King County Medical Society
With more than 4,000 members, the King County Medical Society is among the largest county medical societies in the United States. The Society represents the collective voice of its members; a group of respected physicians who practice in King County – Washington State’s largest and most urban county. The King County Medical Society was established in 1888, and over the past 132 years has supported physicians in improving the quality of life for doctors and their patients by promoting the highest ideals and standards of medical practice.
The Society’s members’ contributions to the community have been both varied and focused. They have advocated for healthcare advances, PPE production juring the Covid-19 crisis, childcare for providers during the Covid-19 crisis, organized emergency medical hotlines and previously led medical missions abroad. We have lobbied for improvements in public health including firearm injury prevention, telemedine parity, improved vaccine databases, lead testing in schools, better nutrition in public schools and universal access to health care.
While the Society’s activities have evolved over time in response to advances and challenges in health care delivery, its core mission has remained the same: to be a powerful voice and political advocate for physicians and patients at the local, state, and federal levels. The Society acts as a champion for King County doctors, in order to support and strengthen the physician-patient relationship and promote the health and welfare of King County citizens. The Society will continue to serve these goals as it helps members navigate health care reform and the shifting medical landscape.
Goals and Directives:
- Ensuring that our healthcare workers are supported and protected during the practice of providing care to patients;
- Help the medical profession meet its collective responsibilities to the public in resolving health care delivery issues;
- Unite with county physicians to present a strong voice to advocate for themselves and for the public health in our community;
- Provide representation through advocacy for physician, patient, and public rights;
- Nurture a favorable public perception of the profession by helping people understand and appreciate medicine’s contribution to public welfare;
- Protect the public against exploitation;
- Monitor the improvement of methods designed to pay for services;
- Promote and advance the art, skill, knowledge, and interest in the field of medicine to improve everyone’s standard of living as well as their health.